Nollywood actress and movie producer Jewel Infinity Ebere Ohakwe has made journey back home, saying she wants Orlu to hub of entertainment in Imo State.
The Pretty actress who is also the Director of Socials at the Orluzurumee Youth Assembly said beyond her position, she will be using her experience in the industry to change the face of entertainment in Orlu Zone.
“There is so much we can achieve here, but I want us to start from the grassroots. We will find talents, nurture and then harness them. We know that there are a lot talented persons in the zone, but we won’t just be limited there because entertainment is global, we’ll be open to everyone, but the goal is to see that Orlu Zone has a lot happening in it when it comes to entertainment”, she said while speaking to www.otowngist.com.
Having featured in many movies and also producing a couple of others, Ebere said she believes fate brought her home because despite have in film education at Royal Arts Academy, Lagos her first movie, ‘Skolastica’ was shot in home town Amaofuo in Oru East Local Government Area, featuring the likes of Chinwetalu Agu, Destiny Otiko, Rubby Orjiakor amongst others.
“I’ve always want to be home, now fate brought me here”, she said, adding that, “I see a lot of people trying to be what they are not. Entertainment especially film making is about specialization and you don’t have to be fluent in english language to be a star. If you love speaking Igbo, carve a niche for yourself on it and you’ll be known, so there’s nothing like forcing yourself where you don’t belong”
On her plans for Orlu Zone, she mentioned talent hunts, movie academy, carnivals, pageants and others she said are still on the pipeline, saying that one of the first things for her to do is to study the terrain and then understand where to commence.
“I am still working on familiarizing myself with this terrain. I want to get this done, so I will take my time, understated how things work here, raise a team and then off we go”
“This has been a burning desire as I see it as a waste of time for one to be known down in lagos and then being 100% unknown back home. I’ll be open to collaborations, I’ll be open to fresh ideas, but then, the goal still remains the same, Orlu to the world”, she ended with a smile.
As the CEO of Ebere Ohakwe Productions and Jewel Infinity Productions, she has produced Skolastica, When Love Hurts, The Misdeed and a cinema flick ‘Olaedo’ which was also shot in Owerri, staring veteran Pete Edochie; Nina, Rachel Okonkwo, Sophia Alakija, Yemi Blaq, Ray Emodi amongst others.